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9 of the best Golf GPS Units available now

A Golf GPS Unit is a  standalone purpose built device installed with technology to help improve your game. They have taken the golfing world by storm. Most come pre-loaded with 1,000’s of golf courses as well as the ability to measure shot distance, distances to the front/back and center of the green, different language options and automatic course and hole recognition. Golf GPS Units come in the form of watches or handheld devices. There are numerous devices and listed below are the top-sellers.

#1 GolfBuddy Voice 2 Golf GPS Unit with increased battery life

This neat, rather small (it measures 1.8 x 0.5 x 1.8 inches) GPS Unit, by GolfBuddy is a great accessory to your golfing kit. GolfBuddy are one of the leading brands in the golf GPS and laser rangefinder industry and this device is the 2nd generation to the best selling voice device. It now has an increased battery life, giving you 14 hours (around 2 rounds per charge) and provides distances to the front/center/back of the green. It's waterproof and has 8 languages pre-loaded. The dynamic Green View Technology shows you the the shape of the green as well as the angle of approach. It will also display hole number, par number, and right/left green where available. All this information is of great value when determining your game. It's also been approved for usage in tournaments.

#2 Bushnell Neo Ion Golf GPS Watch with integrated step counter

This stylish, silicone wristband is a comfortable GPS Unit pre-loaded with over 35,000 golf courses. The long battery life should give you 3 rounds on the golf course. No need to carry or clip on anything, a simple glance at your wrist gives you easy-to-read front, center and back distances as well as hazard/layup distances (up to 4 per hole). It comes with and integrated step counter, auto course recognition and auto hole advance. Batteries are included. USB charging and sync cable included. No download fees. Numerous colors available. This rates top as a watch style GPS Unit.

#3 GolfBuddy Voice GPS – it talks to you

The original GolfBuddy VOICE GPS installs confidence and trust, due to its proven reliability on the golf course. It is both small and compact (3.5 x 5.3 x 3 in) and provides the you with a powerful audio GPS and visual display screen. It has over 33,000 courses from around the world already installed, with the ability to store 40,000. The extremely useful Audio Distance Information (it tells you the distance) - to the front, center and back and shot distance measurement, can help you improve your game. This unit has 8 different languages pre-loaded and 9 hours battery life. A very accurate, easy to carry device - just clip it on your belt, hat, bag and your good to go. There are no annual subscription fees.

#4 Garmin Approach S20 Golf Watch – provides great swing accuracy

This stylish, lightweight watch with high resolution is a great golfing accessory. Garmin are a great brand ensuring quality and fantastic features. The AutoShot round analyzer measures and auto-records shot distances whilst the Garmin TruSwing™ lets you check the swing metrics conveniently on your wrist to improve your swing consistency. The CourseView feature automatically updates frequently played courses for free. The watch has 41,000 courses installed from around the world — plus automatic map updates, daily activity tracking and smart notifications to keep you connected on the go. On the high-resolution display, you’ll see distances to the front, back and middle of the green, as well as hazards, doglegs and layups. You can also measure yardages for shots played from anywhere on the course.
It has up to 15 hours battery life in GPS mode and up to 8 weeks in activity tracking mode. Use it as a watch when you're not on the golf course.

#5 Garmin Approach S6 with dynamic color touch-screen

This slim, extremely light golf watch with color screen, features SwingTempo, TempoTraining and SwingStrength™ The first acts as an accelerometer, which basically means it measures your backswing and downswing and calculates the relationship between them. Once it has recorded the quality of your tempo, the TempoTraining mode is designed to help improve your rhythm and timing by using audible tones that mark the ideal backswing/downswing ratio. Finally, SwingStrength tracks how much power you put into each swing with each club. All of this analysis can really help you with each shot. The color/touchscreen is easy to use and is even glove friendly! It has a CourseView button with Green View for manual pin positioning. The PinPointer blind shot assistance tells you where the pin is, even if you can't see it. Pre-loaded with more than 41,000 golf courses from around the world and no subscriptions or fees, this GPS Unit is a fantastic purchase. The battery life is up to 10 hours in GPS mode.

#6 GolfBuddy WT5 Golf GPS Watch – slim and comfortable

The GolfBuddy WT5 is a slim, comfortable, lightweight watch to ensure as little disruption on the course as possible. The Dynamic Green View changes the front and back distances based on your angle of approach. The GolfBuddy WT5 is a fully functional digital wristwatch with a rechargeable battery. It has three buttons to control the features available, including shot distance measurement, hole recognition, digital scorecard and distances to targets and hazards. It is water resistant and comes loaded with over 38,000 global courses and a rechargeable battery. Numerous colors available.

#7 Callaway GPSy Golf GPS Watch – provides fast, accurate distances

The Callaway GPSy Golf GPS watch provides fast, accurate distances to greens, hazards and doglegs. The GPSy automatically locates your course and will auto-advance from hole-to-hole during play. It provides accurate distances to the front, center and back of the green as well as layup and carry distances to hazards and doglegs. Auto-course recognition and shot distance measurement both help improve your game. With over 30,000 golf courses from around the world, plus no annual subscription fees, this GPS Unit is bound to become your new best friend on the course! Battery life is 10-12 hours in GPS mode and 90 days in time mode.

#8 Precision Pro Golf GPS Band – thin and lightweight

This thin, light (weighs 1 oz) comfortable GPS Golf Watch ensures no interference with your swing. The buttons are on the side of the GPS band allowing you to scroll through to see distances to up to 4 hazards per hole. Auto Course Recognition means that you'll always know the nearest courses to you and the shot distance measurement means you can measure the distance from one point to another. This waterproof GPS Unit comes preloaded with 35,000 golf courses and 8 hours of battery life in GPS mode.

#9 Garmin Approach G8 Golf Course GPS with wide, color screen

The lighter, sleeker, smarter Garmin Approach G8 with touch-screen display comes preloaded with over 40,000 global courses with free, automatic course updates. The PlaysLike Distance technology gives you distances to the target, adjusted for uphill or downhill shots, whilst the PinPointer shows you the direction of the green when your view is impaired. It even recommends clubs to hit with. On it's wide 3 inch, color screen you'll get the full picture of the game. You can receive email, texts and alerts - so you're not cut off from the world. If you'd rather not wear a GPS watch, this device is sure to meet your every need. Up to 15 hours battery life.
(The technology available on this device means you will not be able to use it in tournaments).

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